Hug The Glenview Bear

I’m a strong believer in geographic karma.

I think we each have some place that speaks to our soul like no other.

Perhaps it is a family vacation home where memories were made and traditions passed down through the generations.

Perhaps, like my blog pal Barbara, it is a place you have visited as a tourist but hope to return as a resident – if even just for a little while.

For me, the place I feel most connected is Glenview.

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My kind of town. Glenview, Illinois.

It’s the village in which Peter and I bought our first house, raised our children, have made great friends and fabulous memories.

Twice job situations took us away from Glenview but each time we made it our goal to return. And both times we did.

We are not alone in this devotion.  I know at least a half dozen other folks who have also moved away and come back. There is something about our little Glenview.

Peter and I settled in Glenview in 1981. With our first baby on the way, we looked for a place to raise our family.

The fall of 1981 was not a good time to be buying a home. Mortgage rates were at an all-time high of, wait for it:


I’m not kidding – google it. That’s like financing your house on your credit card.

Mocadeaux - our first house

After lots and lots of looking, we finally found an adorable, small brick ranch that came with a very attractive quality. An assumable mortgage.

The sellers had a mortgage with the rock-bottom rate of 8% that we were able to assume and blend with our new mortgage so we could get down to the low, low rate of 12% making these two accountants giddy with excitement.

Those were NOT the days…

Still, we were thrilled to put down our roots in this special place.

So what is it about Glenview?

In no particular order here are just a few of the reasons that I love Glenview:

The schools – Our children were lucky to have attended wonderful schools from pre-school all the way through high school.

This is a town where education is valued. Both academic and extra-curricular activities receive great support and the schools have received national recognition because of it.

We also have a pretty fabulous library.

Mocadeaux - Glenview Public Library

The Park District – We have a tennis center and golf courses, summer camps and swim lessons. We have walking trails, playgrounds, pools, a skateboard park and fishing pond.

Oh yes, and we have a farm. Right smack in the middle of Glenview, less than 15 miles from the heart of downtown Chicago, sits Wagner Farm.

Mocadeuax - Glenview Wagner Farm cows

Now owned by the Glenview Park District, Wagner Farm is a very popular place; excellent for visiting grandsons!

Mocadeaux - Wagner Farm tractor

The Glen – For many, many years the Glenview Naval Air Station occupied over 1,100 acres of the village. Naval planes flew overhead and the Goodyear blimp parked there when it was in town.

In 1995, the Glenview Naval Air Station was decommisioned by the Navy and the land was deeded to the Village of Glenview.

Imagine, suddenly having the opportunity to redefine the landscape of 12% of the area in your town – a blank canvas. Well, not totally blank. The village had to tear up about a million cubic yards of concrete and tear down a bunch of Navy buildings, but still.

Through careful planning and execution, the area was transformed into The Glen.

Featuring homes, apartments, a new school, the park district fitness center, senior center, pond, sportsfields, a gold course, two retirement homes, Kohl’s Children’s Museum, shopping and dining, The Glen has something for everyone.

The Glen is home to some of our favorite restaurants and the fabulous shopping mecca Von Maur, where gift wrap and shipping are always free.


But most of all, it’s the people – Glenview’s motto is, “Hug the Bear” referring to this guy.

Mocadeaux - Glenview bear

“Prairie and Lehigh is the corner where it’s at.”

The statue, a gift to the children of the Glenview from an early resident, Ed Jackman, has come to symbolize the community spirit in the hearts of the fine folks of Glenview.

For Peter and me, Glenview is home to many of our oldest and dearest friends. Our children all grew up together here, creating family memories like moms and tots parties, slip and slide baseball, the 4th of July parade and fireworks. Baptisms, graduations, weddings.

Glenview is the place where we see familiar faces everywhere we turn. A place of great comfort. Home.

Paris is lovely but my heart belongs in Glenview.

Mocadeaux - Glenview home

What is your favorite place?

I am participating in the “Who I Am” series. This writing project is the brainchild of Dana of Kiss My List and Bev of Linkouture. Each month we are given a prompt regarding some aspect of our life. This month it is all about our favorite location. The goal is, at the end of the year, to have twelve chapters in the book titled Who I Am.

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  1. Can totally see why your heart belongs in Glenview and as they do say, “Home is where the heart is!” Seriously beautiful and loved getting to know your neighborhood that much more here 🙂
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  2. Our first home was a condo in Dallas also at the unbelievable interest rate of 18%. And, we were so thrilled to be buying it – oh the memories! Your hometown of choice looks lovely.
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  3. How lovely. I am not sure I have one place that speaks so completely to me. Although Winter Park, CO comes close.

  4. Glenvilew sounds like a lovely place to raise a family…and spoil grandchildren in. I think our first mortgage was about the same interest rate as yours, and we refinanced as soon as we possibly could.
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  5. I remember those interest rates! We’d have swooned at the 4% rates enjoyed these days. What a lovely town – I can see why you’ve gone back. I have two experiences with Illinois. One was a trip my younger sister and I took to Chicago and while we loved the city, the art, the food, the rhythm of it – it was the people who were so warm and friendly and approachable that surprised and won us over. Mid-west hospitality? Alive and well from our experience. And then my older sister lived in a suburb just outside Chicago – I’ll be darned if I can remember the name of the town now – but it was lovely. A farm in the middle of town? That’s a keeper.

    • Back in those days, we would have thought that 4% rates were a scam of some kind. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” I’m glad you have good memories from your visits to the Mid-west. All the things you mentioned are why we love it here so much!
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  6. I would love to be able to write a post like this about the town we are raising our kids in. I wonder if we will stay here – I suppose it depends on where our children end up, and if our friends stay. Glenview sound lovely (the name sounds like it would be the town in a soap opera!) – you are lucky to have such a wonderful place to call home. May you enjoy many more years there!
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    • We have struggled a bit with the fact that we are here while both of our kids are in Boston. But what happens if we move there then they get transferred to Omaha? For now, our friends and our life are here. And Boston is just a short flight away!
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  7. Glenview sounds like an absolutely lovely place to live and raise a family! There is so much about Somerville, MA, where I live. The arts scene, the sense of the community, the incredible array of restaurants and cafes, the little neighborhoods.
    My parents bought their home in ’85, when I think interest rates were slightly better, though not by much. It makes me especially grateful for how long mortgage interest rates have been since we bought our little condo!
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  8. Wonderful history of your town and your journey. My favorite place, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz…”there’s no place like home.”
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  9. A wonderful tribute to a beautiful town!! What? No mention of Hackney’s ?? Have a great week!

    • I think I’ve overdosed on Hackney’s over the years but it always has been and still is my son’s very favorite so we make the pilgrimage every time he is in town.
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  10. Kathy L says:

    Glenview is a lovely Chicago suburb. In 1980, right before I started my first job (in Northbrook), my college friend’s mom took me to Loehmann’s (in Glenview) to buy a career wardrobe. That was an experience.
    Two Glenview friends have moved – but enjoyed raising their kids there.

  11. i looked at the map, and not far from chicago! i could live there, if it weren’t for the cold winters. ha! i was reading this post and thinking the whole time, oh my friend grew up there, but then i realized, she grew up in glencoe.
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    • Glencoe is very nearby. That confuses lots of folks. Among the many qualities I didn’t mention in this piece is the fact that we can walk to the commuter train station in town and be in the Chicago loop in 20-25 minutes!
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  12. I remember your earlier posts that you wrote while living in San Diego and how you wished that you could say that you adored where you were currently living but that it was impossible. Now I understand why. Your heart was in Glenview.
    Your grandbabies are beyond blessed. What a lovely spot to visit. Not only are there walking trails, playgrounds, pools, and a skateboard park but a fishing pond? Magical.
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